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. the fighting raged citywide for nearly five hours. today's grizzly attacks came just as afghan president karzai was swearing in members of his new cabinet. ambassador richard holbrook, u.s. special envoy to the region who just left kabul hours earlier told reporters in india that he wasn't surprised. >> they're ruthless. the people who are doing this certainly will not survive the attack nor will they succeed. but we can expect this sort of thing on a regular basis. >> warner: the taliban claims responsibility for today's attacks telling the associated press they had sent 20 militants to do the job. it was the militants' answer to karzai's recently renewed offer of reconciliation with the taliban said the u.s. institute of peace. >> the taliban spokesperson said today in claiming responsibility for the attack that they were trying to undermine or disrupt the notion that the taliban could be bought off, that they could be lured off the battlefield and instead to demonstrate that they are united and they are committed to their cause. they sent these suicide bomber into the heart of kabul. >> warn
more than a mile away. it came just as president karzai was swearing many members of his new cabinet. hours after the main attack, there's still reports of sporadic gun fire. and much of the central city remains under total lockdown. despite the relative calm now, officials fear there may be more suicide bombers still on the loose in kabul tonight. >> october 28, gunmen stormed a guest house used by u.n. staff. 11 people were killed in that attack. >> five local students accused of plotting terrorist attacks say they have been mistreated while they were in custody in pakistan. . pakistani police say e-mails from the group show they had contacted the taliban and they were planning terror attacks. the men had a court hearing today and while a van was taking them away from the hearing, they shouted that they were being tortured. police deny the men are being mistreated. >> there's a special election in massachusetts tomorrow to fill the u.s. senate seat held by the late senator edward kennedy. even though massachusetts is considered a staunchly democratic state, that race is tight. pole
government ministries also came under fire. afghan president hamid karzai says the security situation in the capital is now back under control. >> the fighting lasted more than four hours, pitched battles in the heart of kabul. the taliban directly challenging afghanistan's struggling democracy. security forces are moving in, they're dislodge gunmen from the roots of a building. it's not the first time, but this was a brazen and deadly attack on the capital's commercial and political plant. >> there was a suicide bomb, this says man who was injured, a big explosion, lots of people were wounded, i don't know how many. >> as fighting broke out in several different places, a taliban spokesman telephoned a news agency saying 20 suicide bombers had entered the city. shopping centers and commercial buildings were reported alight. a car bomb exploded near the education ministry. a suicide bomber blew himself up near the presidential palace, and there was more. one afghan member of parliament monitored the fighting. >> one man with a very brand-new business suit came took over an ambulance an
on attacks in the capital of kabul. >> we're hearing at this moment th afghan president karzai said security has been restored to kabul but this comes after a deadly attack and fierce gun battles and potential for more attacks today. five people including a child were killed. nearly 40 people wounded in these attacks. taliban gunmen some wearing suicide vests launched coordinated assault on the presidential palace and ministry buildings. militants were holed up inside a burning shopping center that was quickly surrounded by security forces but first responders, emergency workers and police came under heavy fire from taliban sharpshooters. another suicide bomber driving an ambulance set off a huge blast. president karzai said in a statement that the enemies of afghanistan are trying to spread father among kabul citizens. he ordered security officials to do their best to make arrests right away. nbc news is reporting that western intelligence officials say there could be a good number of taliban suicide bombers still on there's in the capital today. eun, back to you. >>> now to the latest out
capital. president karzai says order has been restored to the streets after teams of militants attacked government buildings. at least five people were killed. the attacks came at the same time that karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. >>> and president bill clinton heads to haiti. with more reports of scattered violence and looting, new troops on the way. an american health organization now estimates as many as 100,000 people were killed. >>> "the new york times" is reportedly set to begin charging readers for access to its website. the newspaper is expected to announce in the coming weeks a metered pay plan, where viewers will have access to a number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. >> they got to do it. >> they got to do it, i understand this. >> if you do great work, don't give your writing away, don't give your features away, don't give journalism away. >> i hope it works. 77% would not be willing to pay to read content online. we shall see. let's go to willie to sports. >> i have to show you the back cover of "the new york post." rex ryan. the jets i
for about 2.5 hours. not far away, president karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. this is a man who has to try to persuade the world that he is winning the war against the taliban. the special envoy to president obama also dismissed the attack as futile and doomed. tonight, the streets of kabul are quiet, won back. but four hours today, they were -- for hours today, others had them. >> the verdict on president obama's first year. first, though, he was once the most popular politician in the ukraine, but it seems clear that the onetime hero of the orange revolution has lost his voter appeal. five years after he ushered in what looked like a new political era in ukraine, he has been precisely defeated in the election. the former prime ministers will be battling it out in an election runoff. we have this report. >> long before all of the ballots were counted, the results were clear. voters had overwhelmingly rejected the man who was at beheaded of demonstrations in 2004. -- who was at the head of demonstrations in 2004. the main beneficiary of his plummeting populari
outside of the afghan's presidential palace. inside happened karzai was swearing in new cabinet members. no one was hurt. >> we can expect this sort of thing on a regular basis. that's who the taliban are. >> reporter: but the fact the taliban struck in the capital means it just who they are but where they are, as well. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. >>> virginia's new governor starts to focus on his biggest issue, that is the economy. governor bob mcdonnell will examine six areas of the commonwealth's economy with the biggest need. the governor was flown in to -- the governor was sworn in to office on saturday. >> where opportunity is absent we must create it, where opportunity is limited we must expand it. where opportunity is unequal we must make it open to everyone. our administration will be dedicated to building a commonwealth of opportunity for all virginians. >> reporter: he's virginia's 71st governor. and governor mcdonnell has already signed executive orders on government reform and job creation. >>> arlington county police say a man they were trying to arrest died aft
in town bolstering support for karzai's government as well as the summit later this month. >> lama hasan in kabul, thanks. >>> and now to the quake zone where survivors are still being pulled from the rubble after being buried for over 100 hours. >> and relief efforts are expected to get a big boost from a former president. >> good morning, the clock is ticking to save those buried in the rubble and to get aid to those left with nothing. >> reporter: some prayers were answered in haiti where the scope of the disaster matches the human suffering. this 6-year-old boy was pulled overnight from a home that collapsed after tuesday's 7.2 earthquake. in another part of the city, another miracle, this woman survived 126 hours under rubble before she was rescued. >> it's a very wonderful night because we've worked almost 26 hours straight for those two survivors. immediately now, we need to start working some more for additional survivors. >> reporter: though for every rescue story time is running out for countless other victims. former president bill clinton forecasts to this area with food, wat
hamid karzai says that security has been restored to the capital of kabul after a raging gun battle between the taliban and afghan police. this just in to the fox 5 newsroom. militants targeted the presidential palace and other buildings. at least five people including a child were killed. at many as 40 people were hurt. the tax unfolded on a day in which cabinet members were sworn in by karzai despite the rejection of parliament of many of his choices. >>> the humanitarian crisis in haiti is entering its sixth day. officials say last tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake has killed between 50 and 100,000 people. since then t has been a race against the clock to rescue those still buried in the rubble with an estimated $3.5 million in need of aid. there is growing fear of violencen the streets and frustration over relief efforts. >>> help has been pouring into haiti from around the world including right here in the district. >> the haitian embassy is flooded with supplies and also volunteers. sarah simmons joins us live from the embassy with the late on the efforts there. >> reporter:
president hamid karzai declared the situation was under control. about mid morning, several, maybe as many as a dozen or so taliban militants stormed government buildings, including the ministry of justice and ministry of finance, they also took over a shopping mall and a movie theater. this was a very complex, very well organized attack. about an hour after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled up to a police checkpoint, in theory there to help the hurt and wounded, but an insurgent was inside and detonated a bomb, killing at least one person at that site. over the entire area, about a 2-mile area where all the attacks were going on, five people were killed and nearly 40, jane, were injured. jane: connor, these attack necessary kabul generally have been happening more and more. what impact are they having? >> jane, it's been devastating here. the international community, much of it is pulling back, some of the international community is pulling out. i talked to international workers, aid workers, u.n. staff, every day to say they're leaving. it's simply too dangerous here. i sho
to the afghan government and to america today. just as president karzai was swearing in new cabinet members, suicide bombers attacked downtown kabul. at least five people died, dozens were wounded. cnn's dan rivers was there. >> reporter: a pitched battle in the center of kabul, afghan forces fought for more than three hours with taliban insurgents holed up in several buildings. we've been listening to sustained gunfire coming from down the road. you can see in the distance there is a building on fire which we believe may be a market and we're being told that there are a number of taliban fighters who are attacking near the serena hotel right in the heart of kabul and a lot of gunfire and explosions going on. people in the center of kabul were running for their lives. women and children terriified and confused. some angry they hadn't seen any isaf troops. >> you can see all these afghan soldiers. there no one from foreign troops. counter insurgency, there's insurgents and there's the place that they should cooperate shoulder to shoulder with us. with the government of afghanistan. >> report
attacked key government targets. president karzai says that security has finally been restored. we will bring you more on this story from the news desk in just a moment. >>> but first, we want to write you the latest on the disaster in haiti as of this morning. despite the massive international relief effort, millions of haitians remain without food, water and medical care. some aid workers there blame the bottleneck at the u.s. controlled airport. this is leading to increased incidence of violence. two 2,000 american marines are due to arrive today, some of who will assist with security. former president clinton is also slated to arrive today to meet with haitian president rene preval. and today six days after this earthquake, rescue crews are still pulling survivors from the rubble. my partner, harry smith, witnessed one of these rescues. he make his with a to port owe prince over the weekend and joins us this morning live. harry, good morning. >> reporter: good mrorning. from weary ravaged port-au-prince, this is a seen quite typical of many neighborhoods where buildings just co
karzai. i point that out simply because of the proximity to the seat of power theoretically in that country. afghan officials said three soldiers and two civilians were killed. 71 others wounded in that shooting. each of the seven militants were ultimately killed. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is live from kabul with the latest. how are we to interpret this level of violence, jim, this close to the seat of power in that country? >> reporter: you know, the timing was unmistakable. the very time the taliban launched these attacks, president hamid karzai just inside the walls of the presidential palace was starting to swear in members of his new cabinet. so, you know, that timing wasn't lost on anybody. and what's interesting about this, is that while u.s. military officials are now praising the afghan security forces for beating back this attack today, the question is, how did they get those forces so close to the presidential palace in the first place? particularly because western intelligence officials have been predicting this very kind of attack, a co
attackers were killed. it started as 14 members of hamid karzai's cabinet were about to be sworn in. >>> and the man who shot pope john paul ii was released this morning, taken to a military facility. he served 19 years in an italian prison for a 1981 attack. he was extradited to turkey where he served ten years. >>> they lived through tuesday's earthquake. now hungry, thirsty and desperate, the people of haiti are doing whatever they can to survive. >> for tens of thousands of people, that means crowding into tents and tarps. soledad o'brien takes us inside one of these tent cities. >> reporter: there was enough water in one of the makeshift camps to give some of the children a shower. there was a little food. a makeshift clinic. they even picked up the garbage. but many of the tens of thousands of haitians displaced by the earthquake have no house to go back to, and no new place to go. they live beneath recovered sheets and blankets in the grass and concrete. these hot and dirty encampments that have sprung up in parks and plazas are now their homes. >> the people of haiti need th
was well-timed. just as hameed karzai swore in new members of his cabinet. in india today, richard holbrooke condemned the attack. >> it's not surprising that the taliban do this sort of thing, they're desperate people. >> reporter: it may get worse, as the american military steps up its counter insurgency campaign, the taliban may resort to more attacks against civilian targets. the center of the capital remains under total lockdown as western intelligence officials fear, there may be still more taliban suicide bombers on the loose in the city. jim miklaszewski, nbc news, kabul. >>> when we continue in a moment, the cliffhanger in massachusetts, are the democrats about to lose the kennedy seat in the senate? the seat the gop now wants so badly. and there's the meatloaf. yuck. look what sometimes happens with the ordinary bag. it slips, oh, bingo, it falls in. mom was mad. mom should have used glad forceflex with the new stretchable drawstring that grips the can and stays in place. plus, it has the stretchable strength of forceflex. that's all today for glad tv. both: don't get ma
himself up close to the compound that houses the afghan president hamid karzai. the fighting is taking place near a western hotel frequented by westerners. all as the u.s. makes a major push to try to shore up the defense facilities. we will keep you posted as we learn more. >>> the lawyer for the man behind the security breach at jfk airport saying his client walked through the wrong door.n >he faces charges anyway. i'm rick folbaum in new york. now, back to geraldo. 75 perso. it was 4:00 p.m. and something, people were eating inside. there is a bakery and people were sitting inside eating food and the building collapsed. >> who were they? >> people who come to work, you know, and so on. >> can you recover? >> no. it's impossible. it's impossible. you know, as you can see, everything cop lapsed. it's difficult. it's going to be difficult. >> every building either severely damaged or destroyed. nothing but rubble. what is this building? >> this is a school. we don't know how many bodies are under there. >> has any one looked? >> i don't know if any one looks. we don't know how many bod
the presidential palace. president karzai said the city is now secure. >>> many events taking place to honor the memory of dr. martin luther king, jr. president obama and the first family helped out the charitable organization so others might eat earlier today. later the president will speak with african-american seniors and their grandchildren at the white house. >>> we did elect the first african-american president but how far has this country really progressed in terms of race relations. we have a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. we asked americans as a nation if we judged people by the content of their character or the color of their screen. 60% said character counted first. but when you break it down by race, 60% of whites and hispanics but 40% of african-americans said they think america is color-blind. issues like that, topics on a day-to-day basis also the topic of a special tonight, obama's america: 2010 and beyond. for more on this poll and results where we are, a social activist and political commentator. you're taking part in the special tonight so we wanted to have you o
of the presidential palace as happened karzai was swearing in new cabinet members. the fighting lasted more than three hours inside of in government buildings in kabul. >> thank you. >>> six days and counting since tragedy struck haiti. the scene there anything but calm and organized. rescue teams continue their push to save lives before time runs out. we are live in port-au-prince coming up next . >>> right now some of the big stories we are following at 5:00. a shoplifting suspect has died after arlington county police used a taser on him. the suspect had trouble breathing minutes after the officer used the taser. they called for paramedics but brumby died. they are awaiting an autopsy to find out why the died. >>> both candidates are trying to mobilize supporters in the final hours of a hard-fought senate race. polls show the race is very close right now. >>> the united nations says 73,000 people in haiti have now received food. but thousands more are desperately awaiting relief assistance. looting is becoming more widespread. hundreds of young men and boys are climbing broken walls in shops taking
are dead and dozens more injured. 20 minutes ago, happened karzai announced order had been restored. >>> an autopsy shows nfl player adams had an enlarged heart. he died yesterday after going in to cardiac arrest at his family's home in south carolina. adams played for tampa bay and played college ball at clemson. >>> a man who was in haiti during the earthquake is blamed for a major security scare at jfk airport. authorities say that he went to a restricted door and set off an alarm. that forced the evacuation of the american airlines terminal. the 57-year-old man said it was a mistake. >>> exercise can chisel more than just your body. that story is coming up. >>> plus, a case of rabies at a local farm has authorities contacting area schools. it is 5:11. here's howard. >>> with are saying good-bye to one rainstorm but another will give us problems before the week is out. gold bond ultimate softening. this stuff really works. and in hard times, sometimes, a belief in a dream, a belief in what is possible - can transform everything. at at&t, we've never forgotten that our company beg
and continued well after afghan president hamid karzai publicly declared the situation under control. sushtsing attack -- insurgents attacked a hotel, shopping mall, ministry and justice an finance. at least six people were killed and 70 wounded. half of them afghan civilians. attacks like this are occurring more often in kabul and each one appears better planned than the last one. the taliban according to senior u.s. military officials have two things going for them. organization and resources. the recent attacks show how much reach they have. despite massive military reach in kabul, the afghan government has not been successful in stopping the attacks and the taliban is promising to continue hitting afghan government facilities and international buildings over the winter. bret? >> bret: connor powell in kabul. iran is vowing to take revenge on israel and the u.s. for the bombing that killed a physics professor last week. the u.s. denied involvement. israel is not commenting. also today, the iran foreign minister otaki is said iran has exchanged messages with major powers regarding its nuclear
on this monday morning, fox news alert. afghanistan's president karzai says security has been restored there after one of the biggest attacks in the capital city of kabul. take a look at this new video out of afghanistan where fighting between taliban militants and afghan forces have left at least five people dead. dozens more injured. a taliban spokesman says that 20 armed militants stormed the capital city targeting several government buildings. reports say several people were killed after separate homicide attack outside a kabul shopping center. that man right there who breached security at jfk airport causing the terminal to be evacuated said he did it by mistake. he says he got lost while trying to leave the airport to find a taxi. he was returning to new york from haiti where he fled the earthquake. the security breach delayed dozens of flights and travelers waited hours to be rescreened. he's now free on bail right now. of course, martin luther king jr. day today. a day when we remember the civil rights leader's "i have a dream" speech. >> yes, we're passing through a hard wint
karzai was beginning to swear in a new cabinet and the message from the taliban is unmistakable. despite whatever progress is being made by the afghan government or the coalition forces against taliban forces in the south, the taliban is trying to send a message to the afghan people that they are here to stay, tamron. >> jim miklaszewski live for us out of kabul, afghanistan, right now. and still ahead, more on the incredible rescues in haiti. how crews found and pulled one woman from the rubble of a collapsed supermarket and i will talk with an american trapped beneath the rubble of a hotel for 53 hours. ♪ my sunglasses. the people say i'm forgetful. maybe that's why we go to so many memorable places. love the road you're on. the subaru outback. motor trend's 2010 sport/utility of the year. would you like that to hurt now or later? uh-- what? (announcer) pepcid® complete doesn't make you choose. it neutralizes acid in seconds and controls heartburn all day or all night. pepcid® complete , works now and works later. >>> still no sign of six people from lynn university in boca raton,
mall there. afghan president hamid karzai says security has now been restored. >>> well, today is martin luther king jr. day and people around the country are honoring the life and legacy of dr. king. here in washington, the official birthday observance ceremony started at the top of the hour, in the department of interior. afterwards, an honorary wreath will be placed on the steps of the memorial at 1:00 p.m. at 2:00 p.m., chuck brown is hosting a tribute concert in northwest d.c. and all day, a d.c. community event will be held outside the martin luther king jr. public library in northwest washington. for more events, head to our website, nbcwashington.com. >>> well, people will also mark this national holiday by taking part in a day of service. in recent years, many have used this day as a chance to volunteer with the local charity. here in the washington area, organizations like the red cross will also be hosting various events throughout the region. >>> well, if you have the day off, it looks like you have some nice weather to go along with it. some nice sunshine to celebr
just steps away from the presidential palace. hamid karzai says security has now been restored to the capital where we find nbc news correspondent jim miklaszewski. mick, what can you tell us? what has unfolded and what are the numbers in terms of casualties? >> reporter: this was a highly sophisticated spectacular attack that begin, as you said, with a series of suicide bombers, both in automobiles, trucks and gunmen that had worn suicide bomb vests that attacked several targets simultaneously and then several gunman rushed in to a high-rise marketplace, armed with automatic weapons and grenades hanging from their vests, went up to the upper floors. from that position, they engaged afghan security forces in a fierce firefight that went on for about four hours. in the end, despite all the spectacular explosions and firefight, there were very few casualties. four afghan police and one child. as many as ten militants killed. but that really didn't matter, apparently, to the taliban. what mattered is that they believe they got their psychological target achieved, and that was that
in by afghan president karzai. correspondent jim miklaszewski in kabul joins us live. jim, what's the latest? how long has this lasted and has it called down. >> a series of firefighters that ended with suicide bombings and ended when afghan police finally stormed a shopping complex where several of the cal ban had taken up refuge and sniper positions in the upper floors and engaged police in this fierce firefight that went on for hours. as you said a total of 12 people. amazingly only 12 people killed in this series of bomb blasts, one so huge it could be felt more than a mile away. now, according to afghan and u.s. military officials, what this showed was that the afghan police and some of the afghan military were able to take charge of this situation and eventually bring it under control. but what it also raises is serious questions about how this group of suicide bombers and gunmen of taliban were able to penetrate layers, several layers of outer security and get so close to the presidential palace itself to conduct this kind of deadly operation, david. >> nbc news chief pentagon corresp
karzai, declared the situation under control. six people were killed and nearly 70 injured in this well-organized attack. trace: live for us in kabul, afghanistan. the president and vice president honoring martin luther king jr.'s legacy today. let's get to mike emanuel, he's live on the north lawn of the white house. mike. >> trace, president obama and the first lady, ten cabinet secretaries and senior administration officials participated in community service projects across washington today celebrating the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king jr. and also honoring a national day of service. the president, first lady and first daughters went to an agency called so others might eat and served meals to homeless men, women and children. trace: mike emanuel live for us at the white house, that is brand new information on three top stories. jamie: five young americans are behind bars in pakistan, and they're accused of using the internet to calculate radical islamic militants. now as they head to court, they may be regretting the day they decided to leave american soil. what they shou
many checkpoints without getting detected. all of this on the day when hamid karzai's ministers were due to be signed in, juju. >> thanks. >>> we're learning more about "the new york times" reports that the obama administration was warned on december 22nd about a christmas attack from yemen. they also learned that a man named umar farouk, and even a warning in septemb about the explosive used in the botched attack. >>> it appears google isn't giving up on china just yet. talks are reportedly under way between the company and the chinese government over censorship. the. >>> the yjets have done it. they stuffed the chargers 17-14. and they take on the top-seeded colts in the nfc. >> and, and, and -- >> something that robin is concerned about, i'm not sure which one. that's the news at 7:14. >> got back to see a little bit of the saints game and it soots the soul. brett favre and the mikings. >> the first 40-year-old to play in the playoffs. >> he could have a good game, but the saints are going to win. what a boost that would be for new orleans if that would be the case. >>> i know sam
of the day. the fighting continued well after afghan president hamid karzai declared the situation under control. taliban militants, it's estimated to be about 12 of them, stormed multiple government buildings, including the ministry of justice, the ministry of finance, and the fight be continued into a shopping mall, into a movie theater, and as you said, this is a well coordinated, very well organized attack. just about an hour or so after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled into a police checkpoint, presumably to bring aid to, help those who had been injured but it ended up being taliban fighters who detonated a bomb and killed at least one person at that checkpoint. in total today, five people were killed and more than 40 were injured, but considering the scale of the size of this attack that went over multiple miles, most of downtown kabul, the loss of life was relatively small, but still, a very deadly and sad day here in kabul. gregg: connor, these incidents in kabul are happening more and more. what kind of impact with they -- are they having? >> a devastating impact,
is surely expected to rise. the brazen attack was well-timed. and broke out just as president karzai was swearing in members of his new cabinet. hours after the main attack, there are still reports of sporadic gunfire. and much of the central city remains under total lockdown. >> that was jim in cabal. >>> the turkish man who shot pope john paul ii is out of prison. he spent 29 years behind bars for wounding the pope for crimes in turkey. he was taken to a military hospital for an evaluation. >>> in other news, "avatar" was among the big winners at last night's golden globe awards, winning best film, drama and winning the best director award for james cameron. among those getting top honors in acting, sandra bullock, meryl streep in "julie & julia." jeff bridges and robert downey jr. we're going to have a full wrap-up coming up. r. >>> the new york jets and minnesota vikings are celebrating big wins in the nfl playoffs. on sunday, the jets stunned the chargers, 17-14, advancing to the afc championship game in minneapolis. and brett favre threw four touchdown passes as the vikings cru
.s. special envoy ambassador richard holbrook was just in town bolstering support for president hamid karzai's government, as well as preparing for the london conference later this month. eric and vinita, back to you. >> we will have much more from kabul coming up on "america this morning" and "good morning america." >>> now to the latest from the quake zone where amazingly people are still being pulled alive from the rubble. a team from florida rescued a 14-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy from underneath their collapsed home. >> at the destroyed u.n. headquarters a danish staff member was lifted alive from the wreckage. distribution of aid is still a major challenge. more than 2,000 u.s. marines are expected ri expected to arrive off the coast today to help out. >> reporter: good morning, vinita and eric. sunday we did what so many haitians did, we went to church. fortunately, prayer is not about the building because so many places of worship simply no longer exist. ere have been several miracles and some much-needed answered prayer. more survivors were pulled from the rubble of collapse
at the same time president hamid karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. here's cnn's dan rivers. >> reporter: a pitch battle in the central of kabul. they fought for more than three hours with taliban insurgents who were holed up in several buildings. we've been listening to sustained gunfire coming from down the road. you can see in the distance there is a building on fire, which we believe may be a market. we're being told that there are a number of taliban fighters who are attacking near the serena hotel right in the heart of kabul. a lot of gunfire and explosions going on. people in the center of kabul were running for their lives. women and children terrified and confused. some angry they hadn't seen any ispa troops. >> you can see all these soldiers. countersrg si, there's insurgents and there's the place they should cooperate shoulder to shoulder with us. with the government of afghanistan. >> reporter: and it's still going on. >> still going on. you can hear. >> reporter: after three and a half hours, finally the afghan army appeared to have control. the fire brigade wer
a major taliban attack this morning. that's from president karzai. the taliban says that militants and suicide bombers attacked the presidential palace in kabul. it is unclear whether they made their way inside but nato confirms bombings and government buildings near the palace. and at least five people died and 38 are injured. >>> the health care debate could hinge on a one-state election tomorrow. it's a race to fill the lay senator ted kennedy's seat. senator -- stay senator scott brown, republican, is running against massachusetts attorney general, martha coakley, a democrat. recent polls suggest that the race may be closer than expected. and that got president obama on the campaign trail. >> send a leader to washington who is going to work tirelessly every single day to turn this economy around and move this country forward and to keep the american dream alive in our time and for all time. that's what martha coke sly about. >> many people in massachusetts are not happy with what's happening in washington, d.c. i think president obama coming in actually helped scott brown. >> i
in afghanistan. >>> let's start with that. president hamid karzai say the capital is back under control after a deadly taliban attack in the capital. the bank, hotel, and top minister buildings came under siege. several targets were attacked with automatic weapons and suicide bombs. jim miklaszewski is live with the latest. >> reporter: this is about as sophisticated and coordinated attack as they have seen in afghanistan. 20 taliban, some driving suicide vehicles and others wearing suicide vests, launched this attack against multiple targets very near the presidential palaces. timing was no mistake. this was going on just as president karzai was swearing in his new cabinet. they were in earshot of all of the new fighting. once the suicide bombs went on, then there were taliban sniper who's had taken up positions in a nearby market building. firing on security forces in a fierce fire fight that raged on for three to four rs
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